Discovering The Legends of Sigiriya Rock Fortress

On the way to the entrance of Sigiriya

On the way to the entrance of Sigiriya

 

Sigiriya Rock Fortress is known as the “Fortress in the Sky” with an estimated height of 660 ft. A remnant from the 5th BC. It is also famous as the Lion Rock. It was even nominated once as the 8th wonder of the world.

Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage.

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Around 20 kms from Dambulla is another heritage site of Sri Lanka, the Sigiriya. There was a large crowd when we reached the place. Locals, foreigners, young, old and even a toddler were there. We can even hardly take a step.

Sigiriya is a giant rock, an extraordinary piece of nature. No doubt it is also called an iconic Lion Rock with the ascent consists of spiral metal stairways, narrow and steep staircases. And on the walls are some frescoes depicting woman’s beauty of around 1500 years old.

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Few of the 1500 year old frescoes

Few of the 1500 year old frescoes

With a slow pace, we were able to move. The warm weather was nothing to me at all because I know it will be worth setting a foot on the place.

There were signs written, “don’t touch the mirror wall”. I kept on walking looking for that mirror, something I can see a reflection of myself or at least a wall which is clear that I can clearly see what’s on the other side. It was a moment of passing by the unknown.

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What I saw was an orange wall with inscriptions I cannot understand. History says that some of them were written since the 8th century. That was the mirror wall that it was so polished before that the king can see his reflection.

The mirror wall, the spiral stairs and the crowd

The mirror wall, the spiral stairs and the crowd

 

The Lion Staircase going to the top

The Lion Staircase going to the top

Before we reached the ruins of a previous kingdom, we rested on a ground from another level. It wasn’t an easy ascent. There was a source of drinking water also which was of great help to quench our thirst.

On that level is the Lion Staircase leading to the narrow metal staircases to reach the top where a pool, ponds, alleys which are all part of the ruins of once a palace. It seems to be impossible to see such place at the top, but in Sigiriya, it is possible.

Surrounding ruins of a palace

The remnants of a palace in the sky

I usually experience trembling knees whenever I’m at a high altitude and I can’t even look down. But being at the top of Sigiriya Rock gave me this relaxing feeling, a release of fear replaced with a feeling of joy and accomplishment.

Isn’t it wonderful to be standing in a place where a King stood before?

These will be few of the experiences that will always give me wondrous memories of chasing dreams while visiting Sri Lanka and that is exploring what is beyond.

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Do you know that…. Once upon a time… (This is based on the story told to me by my host about Sigiriya Rock Fortress.)

There were two royal brothers, King Kashyapa and King Moggallana. The rightful heir to the throne is King Moggallana. However, King Kashyapa took the power though he was thinking that his brother will take revenge. He thought of a way to secure the throne. From Anuradhapura, he moved the capital of Ceylon to the central part of Sri Lanka. Fearing the attack, he built a fortress that cannot be easily invaded. Through hard labor, Sigiriya was built that even until now, its construction remains mysterious. 

King Kashyapa had his royal palace at the plateau of Sigiriya wherein he can see very well the surroundings and be aware of the presence of any invaders. The iconic rock was surrounded by rectangular pools where crocodiles thrived. The cliffs were even placed with boulders and logs to be rolled in preparation for any attacks.

King Moggallana gained back the throne after a battle with King Kashyapa while some say that Kashyapa committed suicide after a defeat.

Would you love to explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress? Why not? If I would be asked, I will always love to go back.

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Louiela Ann

A dream chaser... Louiela is an OFW based in UAE... A small town girl from Kiamba, Sarangani Province... A Nurse by profession who injected herself with much wanderlust. You can find her easily online.

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